- a constant or variable term in a function that determines the specific form of the function but not its general nature, as a in f(x) = ax, where a determines only the slope of the line described by f(x).
- one of the independent variables in a set of parametric equations.
usage note for parameter
OTHER WORDS FROM parameterpar·a·met·ric [par-uh-me-trik], /ˌpær əˈmɛ trɪk/, par·a·met·ri·cal, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH parameterparameter , perimeter
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How to use parameter in a sentence
The new initiative, Exposure Notifications Express, will let public health authorities submit parameters for contact tracing to Apple and Google.Apple and Google expand digital coronavirus contact-tracing tools to help speed adoption|dzanemorris|September 1, 2020|Fortune
The ranking of your app in various top charts by categories or by parameters such as Free, Premium, and others.App store optimization success: Top five KPIs you must measure|Juned Ghanchi|August 28, 2020|Search Engine Watch
The AdSense API will be upgraded in 2021 with more parameters and signals.Google’s new AdSense Reports page makes it easier to toggle and visualize data|George Nguyen|August 25, 2020|Search Engine Land
Thirty years ago, Corrádi and Szabó proved that mathematicians can use this procedure to address Keller’s conjecture in any dimension by adjusting the parameters of the experiment.Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem|Kevin Hartnett|August 19, 2020|Quanta Magazine
This growth is in part due to the number of parameters used in each model.Microsoft Just Built a World-Class Supercomputer Exclusively for OpenAI|Jason Dorrier|May 31, 2020|Singularity Hub
The size and shape of Laniakea depend on the rate of cosmic expansion, which is described by the Hubble parameter.Laniakea: The Milky Way’s Place in the Heavens|Matthew R. Francis|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There has to be more than one parameter than happiness to examine your life.Do Narcissists Have Better Sex?|Hannah Seligson|June 7, 2009|DAILY BEAST
They cover a surface, and the equation of the surface is obtained by eliminating the parameter between the two equations.
This is with regard to time—I don't know whether that is the right parameter in which you wished to study it, Senator.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Is it an inherent parameter or an expressly transcendent one?After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
A considerable amount of variation in this parameter was found in all of the taxa (Table 5).
The two subspecies of H. microcephala agree more closely in this parameter than in fundamental frequency.
British Dictionary definitions for parameter
Derived forms of parameterparametric (ˌpærəˈmɛtrɪk) or parametrical, adjective
Word Origin for parameter
Cultural definitions for parameter
A quantity or number on which some other quantity or number depends. An informal example is, “Depending on the traffic, it takes me between twenty minutes and an hour to drive to work”; here, “traffic” is the parameter that determines the time it takes to get to work. In statistics, a parameter is an unknown characteristic of a population — for example, the number of women in a particular precinct who will vote Democratic.